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Impyrium Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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Gr 6–8—The author of the "Tapestry" series brings readers a new set of characters and story lines—3,000 years after The Red Winter concludes. This companion series opener follows the lives of Hazel, one of a set of royal triplets in the ruling family of the country of Impyrium, and Hob, an ordinary kid from a backwater town in the kingdom. Neff adroitly mixes magic, adolescence, and mystery, all while meticulously building a believable world whose characters slowly realize that history has many holes worth examining. Readers will find many recognizable elements in the land of Impyrium. Hazel, born with albinism, experiences the wariness and whispers of her peers, despite her mystical talent. The vyes, a race of wolflike scholars, are tolerated for their wisdom and command of magic, but not without the control of the ruling human government and the suspicion that accompanies it. And Hob, a commoner, knows nothing more of life than the toil of poverty and the entrapment of systemic oppression. Above all, the world of Impyrium is premised on a history that may not be completely true, a realization that will rock Hazel's and Hob's worlds. Their adventures deeper and deeper into what really happened in the centuries following Neff's last series will spur readers on to important questions of their own: Why does the world work the way it does? Who are the people in power, and why? VERDICT Neff has created a fantasy world that will not only satisfy dedicated fans of the genre but also attract budding social activists searching for a fictional reflection of their real concerns.—Chelsea Woods, New Brunswick Free Public Library, NJ
“A rare jewel. A new classic in the fantasy genre.” (Eoin Colfer, author of the bestselling Artemis Fowl series)
“A magnificent, rich, exhilarating book. Epic in every way, it takes you to another world with countless characters, creatures, and lands, with endless imagination. I say this with all honesty: I haven’t read about a world so deep, so purely magical, so well-developed, since Harry Potter. ” (James Dashner, author of the bestselling Maze Runner trilogy)
“The world of Impyrium is fully formed, down to the last detail, which allows Neff to expertly touch upon themes of social unrest and class disparity, while still telling a heart pounding, adventure-packed story. ” An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of 2016 (Entertainment Weekly)
“Neff’s novel is wonderfully detailed, building a rich and fascinating picture of a complex society. The book’s real joys come from watching Hazel find herself, coming stunningly “alive, more vividly and deliciously than she could remember.” Readers will share her excitement and eagerly await the next book. ” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Neff offers a meaty, nearly 600-page series opener, an indulgence for readers thirsting for a futuristic cloak-and-daggers plot with magical creatures...An adolescent version of a Game of Thrones-like plot that unfurls with players on both sides vying for their rightful places.” (Kirkus)
“Grade: A. Neff expertly crafts a world that is both stunning in its detail, and impressive in scope...the novel is packed with both story and high stakes as both Hazel and Hob are forced to deal with not just peer rivalry and academic difficulties, but also class disparity, civil unrest, and societal expectations. In this way Neff has created not just a world that not only exists on its own, but one readers will be eager to return to. (Entertainment Weekly)
Top customer reviews
Impyrium is an amazing story, set thousands of years after Henry H. Neff's original series "The Tapestry." The plot, set in a fantastical world with dragons, princesses and magic, will satisfy readers of all ages. The story itself is riddled with twists that you would never expect, along with a world so complex that it feels so real. I am really looking forward to his next book! For people thinking about getting this book, it's 100% worth it! You will be glad you did!
Most recent customer reviews
Loved the references to cities and their histories. Hope to seesome references to New England as well as Ireland andWales.